posted 5 years ago

Audi Wireless Parking Project Banishes Coins & Tickets

Audi Wireless Parking Pilot Project

Fiddling with loose change and tickets could soon be a thing of the past thanks to Audi's Wireless Parking Pilot Project. But what is it? In simple terms, the vehicle has a radio frequency identification transmitter behind its windscreen. The motorist registers this online via its unique code which associates it with his/her name, address and payment details, etc. Then – as the vehicle approaches the car park's barrier – it is automatically logged-in/out. So, no more pressing buttons for paper tickets. No more sticking them to the windscreen or keeping them safe in a wallet – and no more paying with six-tonnes of loose change. The motorist's bank account is simply debited at the end of each month. The Audi Wireless Parking Pilot Project is taking place at the manufacturer's headquarters in Ingolstadt, Germany. It involves about thirteen thousand vehicles that have been leased to the company's staff. These can be left in nine local parking facilities that combined have twenty-one entrances and exits plus six-thousand two-hundred spaces. This is clearly a fantastic concept that could make life easier for millions of people - but I suspect it will be many years before it – or something similar – is common in the UK.

Audi Piloted Parking Test Project

The Audi Piloted Parking Test Project is even more extraordinary. The motorist simply drives the car to a parking facility, gets out, and activates a self-parking program via a smartphone. The vehicle – after communicating with the car park's computer that directs it to the nearest empty bay - then parks itself courtesy (in part) of twelve ultrasonic sensors. The car park's computer monitors its progress via lasers. Once parked, the vehicle shuts-off the engine, deactivates the ignition and locks the doors. The motorist then receives a confirmation message that the vehicle has parked via his/her smartphone. This tremendous concept could benefit three types of motorist. The first is convenience users who want to save time by letting the machine take the strain. Busy professionals spring to mind. The second is those who find parking challenging, perhaps because of disabilities or lack of experience/skill. Finally, automated parking – assuming it works reliably and consistently – should eradicate the human driving errors that often damage vehicles. The system could therefore benefit those who want to know their paintwork is safe. It seems that Audi is pushing us towards a bright future - “vorsprung durch technik”.

Steve - if its texted you that the car has just parked itself I'm sure it will be able to give you a bay number!!

How do you know where the car is located when you want to leave?